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Patsel’s owner Patricia Atkins comes to the rescue of the Everhart Museum in Scranton as she opens her restaurant to raise money and keep the museum in good standing.

“Funding has been cut at the museum, so to keep one of the jewels of Scranton open, I decided to host this event to help them out,” Atkins said about the purpose of the fundraiser, “Hats Off to the Everhart.”

Everhart Museum Executive Director Cara Sutherland said that due to general funding cuts in recent years the museum has become more entrepreneurial in its approach to hosting creative fund raising.

Some of those efforts are initiated by the museum but this event is Atkins’ brainchild.

The Everhart Museum, serving the region since 1908, is currently located at 1901 Mulberry Street in Scranton. According to its mission statement, the museum through its collections, exhibits and programs, strives to integrate natural history, science and art into the lives of people.

The August 4 event begins at 5 p.m. and offers gourmet food from the restaurant’s best chef, according to Atkins. For entertainment, locally based Ken McGraw will perform with his band Dixieland Jazz. Atkins also stressed that this is a hat party, so all attendees are urged to wear their most outrageous or unique hat.

Guests are invited to “Wear your coolest sundress or seersucker jacket and, of course, an outrageously beautiful or unique hat.”

“It’s really such a beautiful museum,” Atkins added. “It’s a shame funding was cut for such a historical piece of our area, but I’m confident what this fundraiser aims to accomplish will do so and then some.”

Patsel’s is located at 1385 Lackawanna Trail in Clarks Summit. The cost is $100 per person and attendees must be 21 or older to participate. RSVP to 570.563.2000 or make reservations online via PayPal at http://everhart-museum.org/special-events/tip-your-hat-to-the-everhart-august-4-2013/

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